DAILY NEWS: De Oliveira and Miller Films Nabbed; Schamus Set for Nantucket Honor
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Milestone Acquires De Oliveira's Latest
(indieWIRE: 03.29.02) -- Milestone has acquired filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira's "Je Rentre a la Maison" (I'm Going Home), the company announced this week. The French film, which screened at the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, stars Michel Piccoli, John Malkovich and Catherine Deneuve.
"We are very excited to bring such an important and beautiful new film to
the United States," commented Milestone President Amy Heller in a prepared
statement. "'I'm Going Home' is a funny, heart-breaking and unforgettable
meditation on mortality, love, honor, the theater and the beauty of Paris.
We feel sure that critics will acclaim the film Oliveira's masterpiece and
that audiences across the country will respond to its charm and spirit."
The 93 year old director, working as an active filmmaker for more than 70
years, completed two projects in 2001 and another this year according to
The film will open on August 14th at Film Forum in New York, before a
nationwide release. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Wellspring Picks Up "Betty Fisher"
(indieWIRE/03.29.02) -- Indie and foreign distributor Wellspring has acquired
all U.S. rights to "Betty Fisher et Autres Histoires" by Claude Miller ("The
Little Thief, "The Accompanist"), the company's senior vice president Krysanne Katsoolis announced yesterday. The film stars Sandrine Kimberlain, Nicole Garcia, and Mathilde Seigner in, according to a release, "a psychological thriller based on Ruth Rendell's novel,'The Tree of Hands.'"
"This is Claude Miller's best film to date," said Katsoolis, who organized the
deal, in a prepared statement. "It is suspenseful and entertaining, a striking
spectacle of Miller's astute understanding of the relationship between a parent
and child, and their spiraling destinies." The film is set for a fall 2002
release followed by VHS and DVD in 2003. Recent Wellspring releases include
Francois Ozone's "Under the Sand," "What Time is it There" by Tsai Ming-Liang, Jafar Panahi's "The Circle," and "Yi Yi" by Edward Yang. [Brian Brooks]
>> Schamus to Be Honored with Nantucket Screenwriting Prize
(indieWIRE: 03.29.02) -- Screenwriter and Good Machine partner James Schamus has will be honored with the NBC Screenwriter Tribute at this year's Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) in June, according to Festival Director Jill Goode and Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbee.
The seventh annual event, running June 20 - 23 on Nantucket Island off the
coast of Massachusetts, celebrates screenwriting. The NBC Screenwriter Tribute
has previously honored Ring Lardner, Jr., Paul Schrader and Walter Bernstein.
Schamus wrote the screenplay for Ang Lee's upcoming film version of "The Hulk." His other credits include the Oscar nominated "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The Ice Storm" which won the screenplay award at Cannes, as well as "Ride with the Devil," "The Wedding Banquet," "Eat, Drink Man Woman," and "Pushing Hands."
"We are honored to tribute someone as prolific as James Schamus. Not only
does he leap from genre to genre but he re-creates the genre," commented
Brabbee in a prepared statement. "He hasn't followed Hollywood's screenplay
rules. He makes the rules and keeps testing the limit. James has also
engaged with many of Hollywood's traditions that Hollywood itself has
forgotten." [Eugene Hernandez]